Wines said to come from « organically grown grapes» can use the French « AB » (organic farming) logo. This means that we comply with “Organic Farming” specifications and that we do not use any chemical fertilizers, or chemical weed killers, or pesticides, or chemical fungicides. The French « AB » logo comes from the French Agricultural Ministry.
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Ratings "Le Méal 1999 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 93/100
"The 1999 Ermitage Le Meal will not be ready to drink for at least fifteen years. One must admire Michel Chapoutier for fashioning a wine that goes against the modern day predilection for wines of immediate gratification. This effort is reminiscent of Bordeaux's famed Chateau Ausone. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by subtle notions of powdered stone, chalk, violets, cassis, graphite, and pepper. The wine is dense, tough-textured, tight, and tannic. It possesses considerable weight and depth, but it is not revealing the opulence it did last year. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050."
Vinous - 92+/100
"Bright medium ruby. Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of redcurrant, blackberry and licorice. Sweet, chewy and thick, with impressive extract, depth and power. Quite backward today, with notes of red licorice, minerals and menthol, yet not at all hard. Very concentrated Hermitage for extended cellaring."
La Revue du Vin de France - 17/20
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
deep garnet red with purple lights during its youth.
ripe fruits and smoky aromas.
powerful tannins, velvety, blackberry jam. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Beef, game All cheeses
Hand harvesting at maturity.
The wine is only produced with grapes coming from the Méal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. The vines are about 50 years old.
The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in a small cement vat. High temperature maceration enables a good extraction of grape potential, to obtain soft and stable tannins, compulsory to keep the wine for a very long time. Only the free-run juice is used in this single vineyard.
Wine is matured in new or one year old cask. Maturing lasts between 14 and 18 months. The clarification is natural.